Patrick accepted an offer of Tenancy with Linenhall Chambers in October 2019. He is regularly instructed in all aspects of family law in both private and public proceedings including representing local authorities. Patrick also accepts instructions in all areas of criminal law, civil law and prison law.
Before coming to Linenhall Chambers, Patrick was a Prison Law Advisor at Instalaw Solicitors, Nottingham, and visited prisons across the country to represent prisoners at parole hearings and adjudications.
He has experience in dealing with all types of prisoner, including mandatory and discretionary lifers, IPP sentence prisoners, determinate sentence prisoners including EDS, and recall prisoners. He also has experience with vulnerable prisoners and young offenders.
Other prison law work included drafting MCA representations; requests for oral hearings; Pre-Tariff reviews; Home Detention Curfew reviews; and re-categorisation representations and appeals.
He has a particular interest and expertise in representing long-term IPP and life sentence prisoners who maintain their innocence and those who have been stuck in the system due to incomplete offending behaviour or consolidation work.
Prior to this, Patrick worked as a care assistant for adults with learning disabilities in his native Northern Ireland, working with vulnerable adults in a supported living environment. He has also volunteered as a benefits advisor with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, as well as a call-taker within Oxford Nightline.
Nottingham Law School LL.M. (BPTC), Distinction (Outstanding)
University of Oxford, BA Jurisprudence, 2:1
Member of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Member of The Howard League for Penal Reform